When to Consider Prenatal Nutrition Counseling

When to Consider Prenatal Nutrition Counseling

It’s no secret that a healthy life starts with a healthy diet, plenty of clean water, and at least seven hours of deep, quality sleep each night. For many parents, that’s a challenge, but when you’re pregnant, it’s especially important for your unborn baby to receive the best possible nutrition. Fortunately, if you aren’t sure where to start, there are options for assistance

Our team at Park Avenue Obstetrics and Gynecology and New Beginnings Feminine Beauty in Glendale, Arizona, is led by David Chisholm, DO. Dr. Chisholm is a board-certified OB/GYN who offers nutritional counseling and solutions for expectant people who may not have a full understanding of what their unborn babies need during pregnancy. 

What’s prenatal nutritional counseling? 

The World Health Organization describes prenatal nutritional counseling as a widely used strategy to improve the health and outcomes for child and parent during pregnancy. Part of the reason for this is to manage the weight of the pregnant person. It’s normal and healthy for a person to gain weight during pregnancy, but too much or too little can put you at risk for health issues. 

Prenatal nutritional counseling offers guidance that creates the best possible environment for an unborn baby. It includes several components. Dr. Chisholm recommends supplements, dietary changes and additions, and gentle exercise routines to keep expectant people feeling their best while providing the necessary nutrients for a healthy new baby. 

Part of your counseling will include check-ins and follow-ups with Dr. Chisholm and testing and monitoring to make sure that your and your baby’s systems are healthy and responsive. 

Why do I need to worry so much about how I eat?

No matter your health, age, or sex, a healthy diet is central to a healthy life. For expectant people, certain vitamins and minerals are even more important than they normally are. The Department of Health and Human Services advises a diet that’s well-fortified with specific nutrients, including: 

While this clearly isn’t an exhaustive list of what’s best for the baby, these are some of the essential building blocks for a healthy pregnant person and baby. Dr. Chisholm has the tools and tests needed to understand where your nutritional deficiencies may exist and how to remedy them. 

When should I consider prenatal nutrition counseling? 

Prenatal nutrition counseling is great for any expectant parents, but it is particularly beneficial for high-risk pregnancies. High-risk pregnancies include pregnant people of advanced age, pregnant people with chronic conditions like diabetes, pregnant people living with weight challenges, and pregnant people who are low-income with limited access to healthy food. 

It’s normal to want to make sure that your unborn baby has all of the nutrition needed for optimal development. Whatever Dr. Chisholm recommends for your care and the care of your baby, he will also know where you can find it. If you have a high-risk pregnancy or have been wondering about the best diet for your pregnancy, contact us at 602-857-9238, or book an appointment with us online. 

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